The California Energy Commission is expected to unveil new standards for televisions Friday designed to get rid of energy-guzzling HD TVs , according to the Los Angeles Times. But it could make the cost of that giant 50-inch plasma TV that you've always wanted much more expensive.
The new regulations, which would be the nation's first TV energy guidelines, should ease the burden on the state's power grid caused by Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell.
Yes, that's right -- driven by people's desire to see "American Idol" on the largest possible screen in full HD glory, TVs account for 10% of residential energy use in California, stressing the state's power grid. Officials hope these new regulations will make a new power plant unnecessary.
Environmentalists love the proposal, which could be approved by November and begin in 2011, and the stricter guidelines should cut $30 per year off electricity bills for every TV set, according to the Times.
But some consumer advocates say that 25% of televisions would have to pulled off the shelves of retail stores because they don't meet the regulations, and it will drive up prices of televisions -- especially those big, beautiful HD sets that let you see every tic on Larry David's face.
And we love the tics on Larry David's face.